Schnebly Hill Road

Sedona, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 04/09/2019
4/5 (5 reviews)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/15 - 12/01
Length: 12.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 6420 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Sedona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Sedona
Official Road Name: 153
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Red Rock
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Highlights

Highlight: Schnebly Hill Road

This heavily used trail travels east and west from Sedona through Damfino Canyon, up the side of the Mogollon Rim, past Schnebly Hill, through popular Summer camping spots, and on to Interstate 17. Much to the joy of local Jeep tourist companies, hundreds of visitors pay a premium to visit this trail on a daily basis, and for good reason - they are paying to take in the perfect view of this alien landscape, which can be found at the awe-inspiring Schnebly Hill Vista. You will be hard pressed to find an area that has similar beauty, with the contrast of green foliage coalesced with tan and pink earth. The trail also offers a considerable change of scenery from a high-desert landscape displaying high cliffs to the alpine countryside with piney woods and meadows. There are also several vistas and viewpoints throughout the trail. If you're in the Sedona area, you don't want to miss out on this trail. While Schnebly Hill Road is pretty tame, there are connecting trails that are a little more challenging, and there are plenty of hiking and camping areas nearby.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY)

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Waypoints

1. Hwy 179 Round-About

Take Schnebly Hill Road exit on this roundabout.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.861970, -111.761440

Starting Point: Sedona, Arizona.

At the north end of SR 179, where it intersects with Highway 89A you'll come to a roundabout that tells you to go forward for Schnebly Hill Road. Continue on Schnebly Hill Road for a short distance until the pavement ends. This is the beginning of the trail. To start at the other end take I-17 to exit 320, Schnebly Hill Road, and head west.

Camping

Dispersed

Writer Information

S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Florida

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Before that, I had been off-road in places like central and northern Utah, east and west Texas, and central and northern Arizona. I've even driven off-road on an island in the Caribbean (the one time I've driven a Jeep off-road). I joined TrailsOffroad because it combines my three favorite hobbies: Off-roading obviously; I've also been blogging for most of my life - even before it was done on the internet (ever heard of a dial-up BBS?) - and even wrote a political column for Examiner.com for a few years; I also have experience with building websites and promoting on social media. These experiences made writing for Trails Offroad a good fit for me, and I've been enjoying it very much. When I'm not working at my IT job, or playing with my kids, I go on runs with a group of people who like to collaborate on [AZFJ.org](http://azfj.org), and run my own online marketing and web content company (my wife calls it my hobby business) [The Rotisory Foundation](http://rotisory.spaldam.com) (named after a BBS I used to run back in High School and College before the Internet became overwhelmingly popular). I'm a big Toyota fan. I've owned two 4x4 Tacomas, an older 4x4 Toyota pickup, and I'm now on my second FJ Cruiser (the first was a TRD SE 6 speed, that I got rid of after my twins were born). You can learn more about my adventures at [SJsAdv.com](http://sjsadv.com).

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is this trail not open after April 1st? The open dates say 12/15-4/1.
–Ryan Boudreau (02/21/2019)

Trail Reviews (9)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great trail. In the winter come in from Sedona. The upper trail is closed from Dec to Apr. Did the run from Sedona to the turn around (about 4 miles in). Great trail nothing hard but a bit bumpy. Watch for the pink jeep traffic.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Schnebly Hill is a fun ride, especially if you are driving people people who are new to Arizona and off-roading. It takes about an hour, on a non-busy day. But I would recommend taking your time and taking in the sights. There is a nice overlook, called the Schnebly Hill Vista. This trail is accessible from both the I-17 Schnebly Hill exit - heading into Sedona, or you can go into Sedona and head toward the I-17. Most traffic is from Sedona Jeep companies that only go form Sedona to the Vista and back into town. If going I-17 to Sedona, the route could be extremely muddy after rain and or snow. Usually will be shut down if there are snow storms. Would recommend deflating tires because once you get to the Vista the route becomes more rocky and will shake ya to death if your suspension is extremely hard. Also this trial is a Jeep "Badge of Honor" trail from the Jeep app.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Went up to the Hangover Trail parking area. Pretty rocky. If you have don't have AT/LT tires you might run into problems otherwise 2wd and no issues. Beautiful area.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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We took this trail from Sedona to I 17. It was very rough and rocky. There are definitely some challenging spots on the road for a person new to four wheeling. It took us about 2 hours to do the whole road. It is very beautiful!

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Checked the Coconino Forest Service website for road closures and it this was marked Opened. Tried to go on this trail, but soon as you hit the trail a road closure sign welcomes you. Talked to a Forest Service employee who was on the trial and is unfortunately is closed for the winter.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Just a quick report about Schnebly from I-17 to the Scenic Overlook. (I was headed to 153A for camping so I didn't go all the way down to sedona). The first 3-4 Miles seem to have been recently 'conditioned' by a road grader and presented not even the slightest bump. But once you cross the lake, and head up the hill to the long strait away, The rocky conditions worsened. Some mud rutting was present on the long strait away that has camp spots on either side. The hill past the start of Hot Loop, to it's exit at 153A was rutted, rocky and kidney jarring. (Rocks and Mud ruts). However, there was a Hyundai driving down it so it's gotta be rated as EASY.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Yep, the road is still here! It also looked like it has been somewhat maintained with some of the larger obstacles now having some dirt and rock filled in to make them less of an obstacle. Even some of the man-holes along the lower portions of the road were being re-done. I also hit [Hot Loop](http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1169-hot-loop) and [Jack's Canyon Road](http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1461-jacks-canyon-road) while on this trip.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
WOW. What a great trip. We went looking for some snow up I-17 headed towards Flagstaff and when we saw Schnebly Hill Rd we decided to take it down to Sedona and run the Broken Arrow Trail. You should check that out too! When we started off it had a good amount of snow. This is Arizona haha. It was very peaceful and the air smelled so fresh and crisp. There were some fresh tracks to follow and the views of the snow covered trees was a delight. As we started to head down on the shelf road the canyon views were amazing. There was still lots of snow at this point so I did not get any good pics. The road was narrow for having snow on it and if someone was coming up we did not want to be in the way. About half way down the snow started to go away and it was a muddy road after that. It was a great start to a great day!!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I traveled to Schnebly Hill Road from I17 to Schnebly Hill Vista. The road was very muddy due to recent rains. The condition of the trail highlights the change of difficulty due to inclement weather. Make sure to plan ahead and check weather/road conditions before visiting Schnebly Hill Road.